As you know I’ve been acting as grand poobah for Newsfriends.net for some time. It’s never really my intention to be the most active for it, but my creative controlling nature has me constantly poking and prodding at the seams thinking “What can we do? How can we do it? when can we do it?”
There’s an incredibly strange story that has something to do with a solid object shaped like a poo, It’s honestly a bit hard to understand why the story could get a lot of attention but here we are in this world we live in. Continue reading →
When I was younger, CBC was one of two channels that we had for a while. I was mostly infatuated with television growing up, the government funded channel, as well CBC radio, were things I listened to/watched throughout most of my life.
It was only fitting that I would attend journalism school with CBC in my sights, still as that dream job in the back of my mind. Continue reading →
Conflicts of interest can come from the strangest places. The Site C dam being an example of Provincial Government spending for no other reason to “create jobs”, but alternatives were never looked at, the environment was never thought about, and all sorts of groups of people are willing to do anything they can to make those understand how much of an environmental hazard it could become.
As a budding reporter trying to do a good job, it’s better for you to get to the heart of the story that to right fluff pieces about how great it is because you’re in a relationship with someone that works there. You’re willing to overlook things, or ignore problems, sacrificing how weird it is, to stay in a relationship that bleeds into your writing. (most times, it doesn’t sound like a great one either.)
This is what I’ve learned about conflicts of interest. Even if you’re in a small town news paper, never find yourself in a small town paper willing to fluff an article for others that don’t care about you as much as you’re willing to fluff. Then I half to read about it, and get exhausted.
You ever notice the behaviour that civilians seem to have these days when it comes to live news cameras? Whether it’s being interviewed or just walking past it, they lack a certain morality on purpose.
Take for example, the guy that decided to stand in-between a reporter and his camera during the news of an oil spill that happened in Vancouver some days back: